A Taste Of Italy In Miso Soup With Tomatoes And Powdered Cheese

A taste of Italy in miso soup with tomatoes and powdered cheese

Cherry tomatoes and powdered cheese in miso soup may take some by surprise, and all the more so if the process begins by cooking "shimeji" mushrooms in water instead of making soup stock with dried kelp.

"These ingredients happen to release the umami (savory) elements," says Sally Hiramatsu, the 28-year-old "science-based cooking expert," who has a talent for conveying the mechanisms of how tastiness comes about through cooking from a scientific perspective.

Miso, Kale And Crispy Tofu Soup

Miso, kale and crispy tofu soupINGREDIENTS
1/3 cup white miso paste (see Notes)
2cm piece fresh ginger, peeled, cut into thin matchsticks
4 stalks kale
150g green beans, trimmed, cut into 2cm lengths
2 x 200g packets udon noodles
2 teaspoons canola oil
200g packet Japanese marinated tofu, cut into 2cm cubes

Miso Beef Skewers With Edamame Salad

Miso beef skewers with edamame saladEdamame salad is the perfect side to these Japanese miso beef skewers. Marinate them before your next barbecue and you'll be in flavour heaven.

2 teaspoons white miso paste
3 teaspoons finely grated fresh ginger
1 1/2 tablespoons rice vinegar
2 teaspoons sesame oil
500g rump steak, trimmed, cut into thin strips
1 red onion, cut into wedges
3 teaspoons salt-reduced soy sauce
150g (3/4 cup) raw buckwheat
300g frozen edamame, blanched, podded
1 large carrot, peeled, coarsely grated
200g grape tomatoes, halved
1/3 cup chopped combined fresh coriander and parsley

Miso Bowl

Miso bowlThis healthy vegetarian dish is filled with crunchy pine nuts, creamy ricotta and flavoursome miso paste.

1 1/2 tablespoons miso paste
1 tablespoon warm water
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
600g sweet potato, peeled, cut into cubes
2 large parsnips, peeled, cut into wedges
120g baby spinach
200g ricotta
1/4 cup lemon juice
2 tablespoons pepitas
2 tablespoons pine nuts
1 tablespoon sesame seeds

Think Outside The Box And Stay Healthy With Miso Soup

Think outside the box and stay healthy with miso soupAn infinite world of flavor and texture can be found in a bowl of seemingly simple miso soup.
Cooking expert Yoshiharu Doi suggests going beyond the popular ingredients for miso soup, including tofu, “wakame” seaweed, daikon and “aburaage” (thin slice of deep-fried tofu).

Beat The Heat With Cold Miso Soup

Beat the heat with cold miso soupHiyajiru is a cold soup seasoned with miso and other flavors that has toppings. The soup feels smooth in the throat, and is a good way of getting nutrition in the hot weather when you’ve lost your appetite.

Sablefish Pickled In Saikyo Miso, The Choice Fuel For Soccer Stars

Sablefish pickled in Saikyo miso, the choice fuel for soccer starsGrilled sablefish ("gindara") pickled in Saikyo miso is the most popular dish among members of the Japanese national soccer team, says Yoshiteru Nishi, the chef who cooks for them.
“Blue fish such as mackerel is a 'like it or hate it' sort of ingredient, but this dish disappears in no time even if I prepare enough for more than double the number of team members,” he says.

Miso Steaks With Warm Mirin Slaw And Sushi Rice

Miso steaks with warm mirin slaw and sushi riceA complete Japanese-inspired meal that is so easy, you can enjoy it midweek.

1/4 cup (65g) red miso paste
4 x 200g beef sirloin steaks
1 1/2 cups (300g) SunRice Japanese style sushi rice or medium-grain rice
1/4 cup (60ml) peanut oil
250g green beans
2 carrots, cut into matchsticks
2 tablespoons mirin
2 tablespoons light soy sauce
2 radishes, cut into matchsticks
1 teaspoons black sesame seeds
1 teaspoons white sesame seeds

Nori-wrapped Salmon In Miso Broth

Nori-wrapped salmon in miso brothIngredients
18 dried shiitake mushrooms
375ml (11/2 cups) boiling water
2 tablespoons barley miso paste
2L (8 cups) water
6 20 x 20cm nori sheets (toasted seaweed)
6 (about 180g each and 2cm thick) salmon fillets, skin removed
5cm piece fresh ginger, peeled, thinly sliced
3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
60ml (1/4 cup) soy sauce
250g dried udon noodles
6 green shallots, trimmed, thinly diagonally sliced
Pinch of salt

Green Salad With Miso Dressing

Green salad with miso dressingAdd some zing to a green salad with a kick of mustard and miso paste.

75g (1/4 cup) white miso paste
2 teaspoons rice wine vinegar
1 teaspoon mustard powder
1 teaspoon caster sugar
2 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 cups mixed salad leaves

Gai Laan With Sweet Miso Dressing

Gai laan with sweet miso dressingLighten up with this crisp Chinese broccoli side, ready in 15 minutes!

2 bunches gai laan, washed (see note)
1 tablespoon white miso paste
2 tablespoons sweet soy sauce
2 tablespoons mirin
1 teaspoon caster sugar
1/4 teaspoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon sesame seeds, toasted

Sweet Miso Steak With Ramen

Sweet miso steak with ramenIngredients
100g miso paste (see notes)
1/3 cup (80ml) mirin (see notes)
1/3 firmly packed cup (80g) brown sugar
500g beef rump, sliced
270g ramen noodles (see notes)
1 tablespoon sunflower oil
350g mixed Asian mushrooms
250g snow peas, blanched, refreshed, sliced on an angle
2 spring onions, thinly sliced

Tofu And Mushroom Miso

Tofu and mushroom misoIngredients
1 teaspoon sesame oil
100g Swiss brown mushrooms, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons brown miso
4 cups boiling water
1/2 bunch choy sum leaves, washed, shredded
150g drained silken firm tofu, cut into small cubes
1 tablespoon mirin